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Tibetan PM in exile holds China responsible for self-immolation protest

With just in seven months number of fiery self- immolation protests cross over double the figures of last year, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has said that the responsibility of the tragic protests lies with the Chinese government.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2012 18:39 IST
Naresh Kumar

With just in seven months number of fiery self-immolation protests cross over double the figures of last year, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has said that the responsibility of the tragic protests lies with the Chinese government.

"The responsibility for tragic self- immolation entirely lies with Chinese government," said Sangay in a function organised to mark the arrival of "Flame of Truth" torch relay at Dharamsala.

"Lack of freedom and the repressive policies of the Chinese government are pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire," said Sangay adding that it was important to let the international community know about what was exactly happening in Tibet.

He also repudiated allegations of People's Republic of China (PRC) government in which the dragon country accused Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and leadership in exile was instigating Tibetans to resort for extreme protests.

"The self-immolation of Tibetans is not unique. History shows that people resort to self-immolation thousands of years ago for political cause. Vietnamese monks during the Vietnam War, people in Tunisia, and Europe have self-immolated for freedom and democracy," said Sangay adding that self-immolation in Tibet are a political protest against the Chinese government and its repressive policies.

Maintaining that self-immolation was itself a way for Tibetan people to protest for political change, Sangay said Tibetans in Tibet have made it clear that they cannot live under the unjust and repressive policies of the Chinese government.

He called upon Tibetans living in the free world to not let the cries and aspirations of their brethren go in vain.

Since 2009, fiery protests have witnessed 45 Tibetans setting themselves on fire demanding freedom for Tibet and return of the Dalai Lama from exile. As many as 35 people have died, while whereabouts of 11 are unknown.

Appreciating the Tibetans living inside Tibet for their courage, Sangay said the spirit of Tibetans living inside Tibet remains strong even after more than fifty years of separation from brethren and facing repression.

"Many of Tibetans inside Tibet neither met His Holiness the Dalai Lama nor know about the Tibetan administration in exile, but their spirit for our common cause remain strong and alive even after more than five decades of separation," Sangay said.

Reiterating his demand for an international fact- finding delegation to visit Tibet, Sangay said it was important for international community as well as people living in China to understand the real situation in Tibet.

Meanwhile, speaker of Tibetan parliament in exile, Penpa Tsering said members of the Parliament would continue to use their energy to carry out campaigns until a lasting solution is found to the present crisis in Tibet in general and the issue of Tibet in particular.

"Efforts are being made to gather support from old and new friends - through signature campaigns and public talks during the flame of truth torch relay," said Tsering. "Similarly, plans are afoot to launch the torch relay in Europe and North America on 2 September, the Tibetan democracy day," he added.

Cautioning the Tibetan community in exile that Chinese government was scheming to lure overseas Tibetans through money and for position under their rule, Tsering said Tibetans living in Diaspora and exile must not let the Chinese government succeed in their schemes to cover up their hardline policies in Tibet.